101 Best New Cocktails: Dutch 75′ Matteo Zed, VOY “Little Jumbo” Cocktail Bar, Rome, Italy
Matteo Zed, VOY “Little Jumbo” Cocktail Bar, Rome, Italy.
“This cocktail is great when accompanied with grilled meats or cured ham,” Matteo Zed.
20 ml (.6 oz) litchi liqueur
20 ml (.6 oz) rosemary syrup*
30 ml (1 oz) fresh lemon juice
a spring of burned rosemary, as garnish
Shake all the ingredients except for the champagne over ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Top with a little champagne and add the garnish.
Add 20 sprigs of fresh rosemary to 500 ml (2 cups) of water, and boil for 10 minutes. Add 500 grams (2 cups) of sugar, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to stand for 10 minutes before straining it through a double layer of dampened cheesecloth.
gaz sez: Matteo was my fabulous host in Rome in September, 2014, and this guy knows what he’s doing. Genever can be a tough spirit to work with in the shaker, but Matteo pulls it off handsomely with this baby. Well done, my friend.